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Pella, Iowa


City of Pella


Water’s Edge Aquatic Design


M & M Enterprises


February 2008

The first phase of the Pella Aquatic Center opened in the summer of 2004. It included lap swim lanes, a diving area, a toddler area and water slides. Over the past few years, new features have been added and the final phase of construction, the Adventure River, was completed in time for summer 2008.

Part of the Adventure River construction included a pedestrian bridge to span one of the widest parts of the channel and act as a main walkway through the facility. The central location of the bridge challenged the design to be visually appealing from every angle, including the underside.

Water’s Edge Aquatic Design worked with the City of Pella and Contech Construction Products Inc. to create a custom style Continental ® pedestrian steel truss bridge for the project. “

The Pella Aquatic Center planning committee desired a unique, aesthetically appealing bridge for the Pella Aquatic Center with the Adventure River” said Kevin Vos, Community Services Director with the City of Pella. “This is the perfect bridge for our facility. It is durable, safe and a perfect fit for the Adventure River setting. No matter what the viewpoint, it always looks great”

The mild arch of the structure provides a graceful and softer look than a leveled deck and the guardrail pattern was designed to be architecturally and aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, the bridge features a waterfall hidden beneath the structure to cool off patrons as they float by.

“Contech was helpful during the design and construction phases of the project and along with the contractor, allowed the desired goals of the Aquatic Center and the Aquatic Engineer to be achieved” stated Michael Fisher, PE, Project Manager for Water’s Edge.


Technical Description:

  • Width: 8-ft.
  • Span: 25-ft.
  • Style: Custom
  • Finish: Painted Galvanized
  • Decking: Concrete

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